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Tan Sri Dr. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)
Chief Commissioner
Tan Sri Dr. Abu Kassim Mohamed is the current Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). He was born in Kuala Lumpur on 5 December 1960. He possessed vast experience and knowledge in public service. Tan Sri Dr. Abu Kassim joined the civil service in September 1984 upon completing his degree in Social Sciences from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang. Upon entry into the civil service, he was posted to the then Anti-Corruption Agency or ACA, as an Investigation Officer. In 1989, he furthered his studies by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at the Michigan State University, United States of America (USA). He made his way up from an Investigation Officer in 1984 to the Director of the Planning and Policy Coordination Division in 1999. He moved on to become the Director of Anti-Corruption Agency for the state of Perak in the year 2000 and state of Penang in the year of 2003. In 2005 he was appointed as the Director of the newly establish Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA) till March 2006 before taking up the post as Chief Integrity Officer at Amanah Raya Berhad. Not long from there, back in ACA, Tan Sri Dr. Abu Kassim then took office as the Deputy Director General I of ACA in 2007 and consequently as Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in 2009 when the Agency was converted to be a fully fledged Commission in 2009. He was sworn in as the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on January 1, 2010.

Besides his remarkable career progression, he participated in numerous anti-corruption activities and networks. He is a member of the INTERPOL Group of Experts on Corruption (IGEC) since 1997. Furthermore, he is involved in the process of preparing the Code of Ethics for Law enforcement, a Best Practices Guide for INTERPOL members and the Global Standard to Combat Corruption in Police Services.

Internationally, year 2006 saw his appointment as an Executive Committee of International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) right till November 2013 when he was then named as the Vice President of the International Association. From 2010, Tan Sri Dr. Abu Kassim was nominated to be the Member of the Academic Advisory Board of International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), a well established academy in Vienna, Austria before again being nominated by the Government of Malaysia to be elected as the Member of the Board of Governors of IACA during its First Assembly of Parties in Vienna in November 2012. Through the nomination by the State of Parties, Tan Sri Dr. Abu Kassim was afterwards appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of IACA for a term of six years.

Year 2014 then saw his credit in the chairing of the 10th South East Asia Parties Against Corruption (SEA-PAC) Meeting and consequently in the coming up of the next SEA-PAC Secretariat Meeting in 2015. SEA-PAC is a like-minded grouping of anti-corruption agencies with the South East Asia Region. The 10 member countries get together annually to showcase issues and concerns that arise from their countries. Evidently, the role of the MACC in the global arena has been recognised through MACC’s and his own official participations in the presentations and negotiations at conferences, workshops, meetings and international trainings.

Above and beyond his expertise in anti-corruption discipline, Tan Sri Dr. Abu Kassim is also engaged in the academic field. He has presented numerous working papers relating to the fight against corruption. He is currently an Adjunct Professor to Education and Social Science Faculty at the University Industry Selangor (UNISEL) and University Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in its Accounting Faculty. Besides being a member of the International Academic Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy of Vienna, he is also a member of the board of directors of the Institute Integrity of Malaysia and a member of Advisory Panel for Malaysia Company Commission Training Academy. The expertise and fluency went further when he was called to be a tutor to the one and only Masters in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme brought up by the IACA in May 2014. The MACS, introduced for the first time, is a two year program specifically designed for professionals to enhance their understanding on the complex linkages of corruption on the social environment.

In terms of international and domestic credentials, 2010 saw him being ranked as the fourth most influential person of 100 in Business Ethics conducted by the Ethisphere Institute, New York and subsequently 9th May 2015 an honorary Doctorate of Laws award from the UiTM was conferred to Tan Sri Dr. Abu Kassim.